Japan on Friday requested Kazakhstan to maintain in keeping with the worldwide neighborhood in opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Japanese Foreign Ministry stated.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi made the request at a gathering together with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi in Nur-Sultan, following Kazakhstan’s abstention final month from the U.N. General Assembly decision condemning Russia.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (L) shakes arms together with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi in Nur-Sultan on April 29, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Japanese Foreign Ministry)(Kyodo)
Tileuberdi, who doubles as deputy prime minister, responded by saying his nation is able to make diplomatic efforts towards a peaceable resolution, in keeping with the Japanese ministry.
Hayashi additionally met with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev earlier within the day. They agreed to develop the bilateral relations, the ministry stated.
The Central Asian nation has maintained shut relations with each Russia and Ukraine and averted condemning Moscow over its invasion of the East European nation that started on Feb. 24.
Hayashi is on his five-day journey via Monday, throughout which he may also go to Uzbekistan and Mongolia.
This yr marks the thirtieth anniversary of Japan’s institution of diplomatic ties with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan following their independence from the previous Soviet Union.
Tokyo has been attempting to boost financial relations with Central Asia in an obvious effort to counter the growing affect of China, which continues to put money into large-scale infrastructure initiatives within the area via its “Belt and Road” initiative.
In 2004, Japan launched a international ministerial dialogue with 5 Central Asian international locations, additionally involving Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, for regional growth.